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The Dramatic Image: Baroque Prints of the 17th Century

The Animal Hunts SeriesDella Bella spent a short time in the Northern countries where he encountered the prints of Rembrandt. As a result, his artwork became more naturalistic, which is evident in this series of prints of hunting scenes. Animal subjects were a specialty of the artist and his deft etching style was particularly suited for rendering the various feathers, furs, and textures seen in these prints.

Stefano della Bella
Italian, 1610–1664

A Doe in the Swamp, Stopped by Dogs from Animal Hunts

Engraving and etching, 1654
Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey, 1982.190a